People have been eating bread for ages, but it wasn’t always white. White bread is made from bleached white flour and is not the best choice for those who want to keep weight off. Instead, acquire a taste for whole grains and improve your health while maintaining your weight loss.
What is the deal with white bread? White bread is made from bleached flour. The flour didn’t start off white, but a bleaching process was added to increase the longevity of the product. Who knew?
Anyway, the bleaching process removes a lot of the vitamins and nutrients found in flour. It also removes the germ of the wheat and the bran. What is left contains lots of starch. It is this starch that rapidly converts to sugars in the body and gets stored as fat if not used.
If you know anything about the glycemic index of foods, carbohydrates with a high GI value are known to spike the blood sugar. This leads to problems with insulin secretion and an increased craving for more sugar which begins the vicious cycle all over again.
Whole grain bread is a purer form of wheat. The bread contains the bran, germ and endosperm of the wheat which also contains all the nutrients and fiber. If you’ve ever eaten 7-grain or 10-grain breads you’ll notice there are even things that look like seeds in the loaf. The fiber helps to keep the digestive system clear and also removes some fat from your system.
Not only is white bread not the healthiest bread, but everything made from bleached white flour will cause major changes in your blood sugar over the course of the day. That includes: white flour tortillas, pancake mixes, biscuit mixes and any processed or frozen foods made with white flour. If you look on the packages, one of the ingredients is bleached flour or enriched white flour. When you see these you’ll know it’s not a good buy if you’re trying to lose weight, maintain your weight or just watching your fat and calorie intake.
You can buy wheat flour in the grocery store. Mix your own pancake batter and even pizza dough for an alternative to the white flour products so readily available on the store shelves.
They now make whole wheat pastas too. The taste takes a bit of getting used to but your pasta will retain more of the essential nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and strong. For a steadier blood sugar during the day and to stave off hunger, integrate more whole wheat and grains into your meals.
Losing weight takes work but so does maintaining a successful weight loss. It is not as hard as losing the weight if you know where the fat and calories will try to re-enter your life. One way to stop these things from ruining all your hard work before you know is to go whole grain!